Ceremonial Use of Lights Around the World

From candles, to oil lamps, lanterns and even fire, light is widely used in all sorts of ceremonies and rituals around the world. Light carries several symbolic meanings for a number of religions and represents joy, hope and life-giving power. Whilst the use of light is common to each of the ceremonies regardless of their geographical location or differing religions, the ceremonies origins themselves and their respective symbolic meanings greatly differ.

Our latest infographic looks at variety of ceremonies – from Lampadedromia the ancient Greek ceremony to honour the Gods which has now been transformed and incorporated into the Olympic Torch Race, to the well-known Hindu Diwali and slightly closer to home, the popularly celebrated Guy Fawkes Night in the UK.

Have you experience any of these beautiful ceremonies? Or, if you haven’t seen any, which would be at the top of your bucket-list?